|Review by GBrag||posted 07-09-2010 07:03 PM||4707 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I have had this model for more than 6 years. AND I have bought one for each of my grown sons as gifts. It is incredibly versatile. If fact I use mine for grinding MORE than sanding. My (now 87 year old) dad made me a gift of this way back when then supplied me with zirconium belts made by another more professional vendor. He has a sharpening service and works a few hours a week doing sharpening for hardware stores in his area. He has an older Delta version, which is built a bit better quality wise.
Since I have gotten this unit, I rarely use my Craftsman grinder. The flat surface and openness around the surface makes it more usable than the grinding wheels much of the time. I sharpen most of my tools, garden tools, cutters, knives and mower blades with it. I also do plastic and other materials. The trick here is to buy BETTER belts than those you can get at Harbor Freight. The HF ones do not hold up as well to metals, and, I found, that many of them have a noticeable thump at the seam. The better belts last even longer. I save my stash of HF belts for less precise usage and when I have to take off more material (I have a bunch of 80 grits). The zirconium ones my dad gave me are much much better. They are more expensive, but in the long run better, and more versatile since you can grind metal with them.